D. L. Mayfield's "Why I Gave Up Alcohol" offered a unique perspective. I gave up alcohol a few years ago as I realized that my purpose in life is to know God and to make him known. Alcohol made me less discerning of the Holy Spirit or unable to perceive him at all. And it lowered my resistance to sin. I was more apt to say and do things I normally wouldn't do when sober and under the influence of the Holy Spirit. I want to be able to respond to the Spirit without hesitation or question when he prompts me to action.
Lake Norden, South Dakota
Mayfield offers a cogent and biblical basis for her family's total abstinence from alcohol. Her views are formed, primarily, in light of their chosen life of ministry to the inner-city poor, who are characterized by the painful effects of alcohol abuse.
But what of us Christians who live in prosperous suburbs, where when our churches seeks to minister to the poor, we have to go several miles to neighboring communities? Does the rationale for avoiding alcohol disappear with the apparent lack of those who would stumble (1 Cor. 8)?
Like Mayfield, and Carrie Nation of a century ago, our decisions to drink or avoid alcohol, all to the honor of God, must be rooted in the cultural context where each of us lives. And whether we live in prosperous suburbs or decaying inner cities, there are several modern cultural factors that affect us all when it comes to the use of alcohol. I am not a theologian, but I do run a small business, so let me offer something of a cost-benefit analysis with eternal consequences.
1. Getting a DUI is expensive, but more than that, it is a poor testimony for a Christian. None of us, ...1